DIVA (Saturday) - A special event celebrating the dance-floor divas!
Saturday 25th May, Tickets £13, Doors 7pm, Performance 9pm (2 sets, approx finish 11.30pm)
*PLEASE NOTE: The Saturday night ticket price includes entry to Hideaway's late music session, which follows the live show!*
A special event celebrating the work of dance-floor divas Whitney Houston, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor and many more! Featuring the soulful vocals of Nina Ferro and the dazzling voice of X-Factor vocal coach Annabel Williams.
Nina Ferro - Vocals
Shanti Jayasinha - Trumpet
Annabel is a vocalist and vocal coach based in West London. She regularly hosted her own sell out blues night at Ronnie Scotts and is a regular on the London live music scene. Her skills encompass lead and backing vocals both live and in the studio. Over her 15 year professional career, she has worked with a who's who of some of the biggest names in music including, more recently, Alison Moyet, Cee Lo Green and Rumer.
Born in Melbourne, Australia to Italian parents, Nina's musical upbringing started with the family record player. Out of the speakers came a mix of classical music, especially opera (her paternal grandmother was a mezzo-soprano), Soul, Motown, Rock & Roll, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Pop could be heard. Her favourite singers as a young girl were Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Elvis Presley. Since relocating to the UK in 2005 Nina is fast establishing her mark as one of the hottest young Soul-Jazz vocalists on the UK scene. She is a multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist whose powerful yet sensuous voice and stunning vocal range have done much to establish her enviable international reputation.
Janette Mason - Musical Director & Piano
Even if you’ve never been to this exceptional pianist’s gigs, you’ll have heard her special touch time and again - on many albums from Ian Shaw to Robert Wyatt, live in concert with Oasis and Jimmy Somerville as well as her numerous contributions for television and soundtracks for the movies.
Janette Mason is a talented composer and arranger. She was recently commissioned to write the score for feature film, The Calling, starring Susannah York and Brenda Blethyn, contributed four arrangements to Ian Shaw’s album, Drawn to all Things, and produced and arranged Lea DeLaria’s current Warner Brothers release, The Live Smoke Sessions, which made the Grammy ballot.
As a Jazz musician, she has been a seminal figure on the British Jazz scene for the last fifteen years, sharing the stage with Mornington Lockett, Julian Siegel and many more.
Paul Booth is one of the most exciting and in demand musicians on the scene today. Although a very prominent figure on the jazz scene with an album released on the Jazzizit label and his latest album "No Looking Back" on the Basho label, his versatility has seen him play in many musical genres. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London from the age of 16 and graduated with honours at the age 20.
Shanti studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was featured soloist with Kenny Wheeler on the CD ‘Walk Softly’. In the 80s paul toured with Tim Garland’s ‘Points on the Curve’ band, played with the Guildhall big band at Ronnie Scott’s with Randy Brecker, played with Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss and Courtney Pine. This last year he has toured with Andy Abrahams and with Friendly Fires for their China tour.
Simon Little - Bass
Perhaps best known as the bassist with The Divine Comedy, Duke Special and The Duckworth Lewis Method, he also tours regularly with Clare Teal and Maggie Reilly. As a jazz bass player he plays with Lea DeLaria, Ian Shaw, and Nina Ferro. Simon has also played and recorded with Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, A Girl Called Eddy, Chris Difford, Jamie Cullum, Liane Carroll, Beth Rowley, Ben Folds, Norma Winstone, Claire Martin, Pee Wee Ellis, Boo Hewerdine, Polly Gibbons, Newton Faulkner and The Ronnie Scott’s Allstars amongst others.
Simon Lea - Drums
Since studying drum kit at the Guildhall school of music, he has been lucky enough to perform and record with a vast range of different artists, including Dionne Warwick, Boy George, Joe McElderry and Seth Lakeman.